• DCT Build Part IX - SSP billet DCT fluid/oil pan - major part of cooling system upgrade

      As promised in the previous update on the DCT build, we are bringing you details on the cooling system. What you see here is the SSP billet pan and this has been the major hold-up in the completion of the cooling system having undergone multiple designs. What this pan offers is an additional 2 liters of fluid capacity, cooling fins to dissipate heat, additional cooling through an external source, and better access for fluid changes.

      With more material on the bottom as well as cooling fins this will act as a giant heat sink of sorts similar to the cooling system upgrades SSP offers for the GTR. One of the main obstacles for the DCT is heat build up and the idea is to get as much fluid out as quickly as possible. Even if the hardware is upgraded if you can not cool it is just a waste as it will be burned up just as easily as the stock hardware.

      The pan will be able to connect to an external upgraded cooling source where the additional fluid can be pumped to. It will also offer easier access to change the DCT fluid when necessary. This billet pan forms the major portion of the cooling system upgrade which will retail for somewhere in between $2300-$3000 and will be compatible with all current BMW DCT transmission.











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      1. inter1032's Avatar
        inter1032 -
        will this car be ready for bimmerfest? not sure if you are planning to go anyways
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inter1032 Click here to enlarge
        will this car be ready for bimmerfest? not sure if you are planning to go anyways
        If it is I would definitely go. I don't know at this point. Car is supposed to be back at Gintani at the end of this month.
      1. akh23456's Avatar
        akh23456 -
        that looks great...i will have to get this soon. do you know if they have any in production or yours is the only one?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by akh23456 Click here to enlarge
        that looks great...i will have to get this soon. do you know if they have any in production or yours is the only one?
        Once mine is completed they will start production. As soon as the cooling package is available I will let you and everyone else know.
      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
        definitely wanna see this beast in person sticky!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Yukohama Click here to enlarge
        definitely wanna see this beast in person sticky!
        Patience.. patience... just a little bit longer.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        that's a beautiful piece of metal there !
      1. SSDD's Avatar
        SSDD -
        Looks great and thanks for the update. Looking forward to seeing the other side of the pan
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I forgot to add, SSP produced some new 1000+ torque capacity clutch discs for the GTR. Since my trans is still there I will be upgraded to this even higher capacity discs. So, a good thing to come out of the long wait.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        how much you spent on trans so far?
      1. flipm3's Avatar
        flipm3 -
        thanks for the update!! this is impressive progress and they have great fabrication skills.

        i can't wait to hear more updates!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        how much you spent on trans so far?
        The prices for the upgraded parts will all be listed.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Last week we brought you the initial pictures of the build process for the DCT oil pan. You saw one side of the pan and some users asked about seeing the other side. Well, here are the final machining photos revealing the completed pan. As you can see, there are fairly deep fins cut into it for cooling as well as a custom M logo specifically for the BimmerBoost M3. Hey, that's how we roll.

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      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Looks amazing! It'll be awesome once it all comes together bro.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
        Looks amazing! It'll be awesome once it all comes together bro.
        Slowly but surely Click here to enlarge
      1. 930chas's Avatar
        930chas -
        That looks so nice!
      1. beedub's Avatar
        beedub -
        i love that work on the pan...... very nice.

        The ///M logo jus screams baller. i love it.

        sticky once this dct build is done will your car be ready to hit the street?
      1. Karo's Avatar
        Karo -
        Wow that's sick bro. Sitcky FTW!!! and that M Logo on the oil pan Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by beedub Click here to enlarge
        sticky once this dct build is done will your car be ready to hit the street?
        No, the motor will need to be installed and Gintani and I will need to figure out what SC setup to go with. I would be lying if I were to say I'm not concerned about the built motor SC as there still seem to be issues to work out and we were thinking of getting pretty crazy with my setup.

        I'm hoping by the time the car is back we will be ready to rock. I am thinking I will go with a big boost YSI, it will make the most sense but there is no proper running YSI setup yet. I really want that blower though...
      1. beedub's Avatar
        beedub -
        excuse my ignorance but whats so special about a ysi as reguards the normal vortech blowers?
        i no everyone loves turbo setups but honestly to me a properly setup centrifugal just rocks, i love that fact we keep that ///M throttle response.
        Man i drove a z06 with a vortech setup and HOLY $#@!........... power EVERYWHERE in the rev range, truely awesome thing to drive.